15 Jul 2011 – Kolsås Top
The last time@the top of Kolsås (342m) was in 1984 with blurred memories. A luxury to be able to do a peaceful and solo hike yesterday. The convenience of being able to walk 3 mins from the house to the trail makes it easier to just take off when the weather permits.
Kolsås is a wooded mountain ridge in the municipality of Bærum. Geologically, Kolsås belongs to the Oslo Graben area. Its two peaks consist of hard rhomb porphyric lava covering softer rocks, forming steep cliffs to the east, south and west. The area from Kolsås to Dælivannet is a protected landscape area from 1978 (5 sqkm/5,000 acres) with 4 nature reserves. The area has abundant plant life.
Started the morning hike from the house, the trails (not the main trail) are well trodden on but ended on the first top – the lower one and it was not my intentions to be there. To get to the other top, had to find the path to cross another ridge to get there.
Got slightly diverted but on such a lovely day, with mobile on-hand and wild blueberries to snack on, no worries. These again are the size of my little finger nail, they are really blue inside and stains but yummy! Did not meet a single soul, but mozzies are in the air and the patches helped. Norwegian mozzies are big but are rather slow; the stains on the hand is not blood but blueberry!
Found the blue trail (after a few trials & errors!) which leads to the higher and official top with the tower. There were just a handful of people here. Lovely day and place to lunch, a delicious chicken salad made early in the morning to take along. Lunch with a view! Could even spot my house’s roof from certain angles. Hiked down the official trail/blue trail. Appreciations to Kris for having me over for dinner after a day’s hike!
Not being online the first week threw me completely off Jul special dates:
4 Jul – Very Belated Happy 4th to all my American family & friends
14 Jul – Happy Bastille Day & Happy Bday Keith WESTMACOTT – a recent location of a long-lost Dublin friend!
15 Jul – Happy Bday John BREDENKAMP/also known as Gadget on the AT
16 Jul – Happy Bdays Winnie LAM
17 Jul – Happy Bdays Nancy McGEE-BOWMAN & CH CHENG
19 Jul – Happy 14th Wedding Anniversary Linn & Jeff HALL
20 Jul – Happy Bday David YEOH
21 Jul – Happy Bday Albert CHUA
22 Jul – Happy Bday Mette BACKER and
Happy 12th Wedding Anniversary Dika LAM & Mark BOROWSKY
23 Jul – Happy Bday Lucas YEOH
25 Jul – Happy Bday Winnie LEE
And also a new Bday sometime this month for grandchild #5!
My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing – Aldous Huxley